Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Redland's trying to 'Survive'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I honestly had never heard a thing about this group till Ian Ford put me on. Made up of former Morehouse College students, the Redland are Earvin and Kose, and the fellas have just released the visuals for their track "Survive." Instead of romantic scenes, and lovey-dove cinematography, the video features our two musicians battling walkers zombies to save a lover. Just like an episode of "The Walking Dead," I wouldn't get too attached to any of the characters. Did I mention the song itself is also pretty dope? Check it!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Marian Mereba may be gone by 'September'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Marian Mereba, the Atlanta-based artist who recently sang "Go To London" on her Room For Living EP has her heart set on much more than that these days. It seems the momentum keeps building for the songstress as she begins to make her mark outside of Atlanta. In other words she's going places, both literally and figuratively, with recent spot dates throughout Europe and a new project underway.

Over the last few months Mereba has been working on her summer release, Radio Flyer, spending most of her days locked in the studio and enlisting talented local producers like Forte Bowie. In the visual for her latest single, titled "September," Mereba penned the storyboard while Nate Edwards directed the treatment in a Bonny and Clyde type mini-movie.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mastodon's Brann Dailor discusses album cover with Skinner

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Mastodon continues to stoke the fires of anticipation for its upcoming sixth studio album, Once More 'Round the Sun, in advance of its June 24 release. On the heels of last month's launch of the leadoff single "High Road," the band has released a video showcasing the creation of the album's cover art. Available via Juxtapoz, the short features a conversation between drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor and Oakland-based cover artist Skinner, discussing Dailor's original vision for the image and the artist's longtime appreciation for the group.

A special double-LP vinyl version of Once More 'Round the Sun will feature a quadruple-gatefold jacket, along with four exclusive lithographs of the album artwork and a CD of the album, which was recorded in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains).

In addition, Mastodon has teased a second track, "Chimes at Midnight," with a 47-second clip of the song's intro, which recalls the cinematic sweep of the instrumental track "The Sparrow," from 2011's superb The Hunter. Fans who preorder Once More 'Round the Sun at the band's website will receive an instant download of the song on June 3. Meanwhile, check out a live bootleg of the track.

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Stokeswood's 'Our Streets' puts an upbeat swing on a dark message

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It is hard to resist a video with a Pulp Fiction-esque storyline on top of eye candy that could rival Fight Club' cinematography. So, don't resist. Stokeswood's video for "Our Streets," the first single off the band's upcoming third and currently untitled album is a minifilm with a dark plot that calls attention to a mysterious and unidentified treasure - for which someone is willing to kill. The plot is intermittently interrupted by the dancing, headbanging, and hair flipping of Stokeswood in action playing along to a song that carries swirling electronic accents and crisp drum beats. In all the fun of the music, you might be surprised by a dark, mysterious video featuring guns, knives, and a tied up and gagged lead singer Adam Patterson. This contrast of lively song and dark subject matter was no accident, as keyboardist Michael Roman explains: "There's a sense of conflict in the lyrics and the conflict is found in the dark video and happy sound."

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Concord America gets violent with 'So Gay'

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Two weeks after Concord America released the digital single "So Gay," a cut from the group's Suns Out Guns Out EP (out May 27 on Post-Echo), the garage-pop trio now has a video. Witness as hog dog costume-wearing hero, played by singer and guitarist Ben Presley, is driven to the breaking point by a perverted boss, a rude customer, and a King of Pops vendor who's gets to spend his shift with a cute girl. The violent climax is too cartoonish to offend, yet it still suits a song that's about rejection and dejection. This is yet another Atlanta-made film project, as the video was shot by Lifted Pictures' Andrew Schwab and co-produced by Evolved Cinema.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Goldyard drop 'Getcha Weight Up' video

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Bout damn time! As promised, Goldyard has released the video for "Getcha Weight Up" featuring XXL Freshman cover boy, Jarren Benton. Shot and edited by Goldyard, the clip bounces from stage to stage, venue to venue, following the fellas through different live shows. A few local acts (Big Face Paper Gang, Scotty ATL, Trinidad James) and couple big names (Prodigy) pop up. Not to mention, at about 3:03 minutes in the city's funniest homeless comedian drops a few jewels on the Goldyard, Benton, and Big Face Paper Gang entourages.

"Getcha Weight Up" (produced by Kato) is off of Goldyard's Fuck Culture EP, released earlier this year. Expect more from MCs In-Doe and A.T., along with producer Flick James.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Heart Attacks reunion mini-movie revealed

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Today, Video Rahim (Visualuxury, Echo Tree Media) shares a video documenting a song from the Heart Attacks' December 13-14 Star Bar reunion, dubbed the Gathering of the Playboys.

What is more or less a mini-movie about the scene at these two shows is anchored by footage of the headliner performing its signature tune, "Fast Times Attached," capturing sights and sounds from a weekend of purist rock 'n' roll and drunken debauchery. There are also clips of New York punks Wyldlife performing "Saturday Night," a cut from last year's The Time Has Come for Rock 'n' Roll LP, which was recorded in Atlanta by Heart Attacks and Biters guitarist Tuk Smith.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Speakerfoxxx-guided tour of Atlanta, hip-hop capital

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

When the Guardian, that British bastion of world news, politics and culture, came to Atlanta to get a lay of the land, they found some (in)credible tour guides. The resulting video "How Atlanta, Georgia, became America's hip-hop capital" features Southern rap specialist DJ Speakerfoxxx riding shotgun in Dungeon Family affiliate/graffiti artist Dr. Dax's old-school Chevy as they criss-cross the city's cultural roots with Atlanta's modern-day musical makeup - from punk to funk to hip-hop.

Stops along the way include 529, Center Stage, Stankonia Studios with Mr. DJ, and Mean Street Studios with the founders of her Academy DJ crew, DJ Drama and DJ Sense. DJ Karl Injex of Sound Table also makes an appearance with a walk down Auburn Ave., while making connections between the street's illustrious past as the birthplace of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement as well as the home of the historic Royal Peacock.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Be Free: a short film about Faun and a Pan Flute

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Earlier this week, details regarding Faun and a Pan Flute's self-titled debut LP and accompanying east coast tour were released via Mission Trips. It was the first solid documentation of Faun's exhaustive studio and live efforts the group has been known for since its inception. Now we have another chapter: a 33-minute documentary profiling the nine-piece outfit's lifestyle habits during a recent jaunt to Austin, Tex. for SXSW. Directed by Bill Guzik, Be Free anthologizes a free-form series of video travelogues capturing the band in various states: Trapped on the side of a road, performing on cramped basement stages, sharing meals, and basically the ups and downs of a shoestring-budgeted tour. Mike Paladino, the David Attenborough-esque narrator and close friend of the band, chronicles the story as though tracking a nomadic tribe or curious and newly discovered species, highlighting Faun's tightly knit familial persona. As Guzik says, "There are two films that have a heavy influence on Be Free, Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera and Jamie Uys' The Gods Must Be Crazy. I watched these films prior to the tour and developed a loose plan for shooting: Montage mixed with lifestyle vignettes observing Faun as a tribe."

Scope the entire documentary above, and check back to our previous post for Faun's tour dates.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Small Reactions debuts 'Shark Week' live video

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Small Reactions- "Shark Week" from Small Reactions on Vimeo.

Local fearsome foursome Small Reactions just unleashed a live video documenting its frantic track "Shark Week" from last year's September 5 performance at The Earl.

"Shark Week" is a little more tender than the name implies as singer Scotty Hoffman delicately croons over his gliterry guitar lines. But in typical Small Reactions fashion the intensity constantly fluctuates between paper-thin fragility and the bombastic joy showcased by the entrance of all four members throwing in their rowdy passions in unison.

According to its nicely-written Bandcamp bio, Small Reactions almost gave up on Atlanta entirely after a series of 2009 shows that had a disproportionate amount of moms in the audience, but a year later a one-off jam inspired it to take up arms again in the contentious battlefield of Atlanta's music scene. We're glad you're here to stay, Small Reactions.

Small Reactions play Terminal West Fri., April 25. With Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun and Fox Grin. $5-$10. 887 W. Marietta St. 404-876-5566.

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